Demichelis on CL, fourth & future

Malaga defender Martin Demichelis has reflected on the club's heartbreaking Champions League exit to Borussia Dortmund.

The Andalusian side lost 3-2 to the Bundesliga team in the quarter-finals of the competition, conceding two goals in injury time.

But the Argentine centre-back has insisted that the Boquerones will forget about the defeat and try to finish in the top four.

“There's not much more to say,” he told Marca. “It was a dream come true for the players, the coaches, the city [to play in the Champions League].

“But then there was a sense of panic, sadness, whatever you want to call it.

“We have to have pride in what we did throughout the tournament though.

“Great teams like Manchester City, Chelsea, Benfica were all eliminated in the group stage.

“It was a cruel way to go out, but we want to remember the good times.

“We now have to put that aside because we have to compete. We've already won against Osasuna, which was a very difficult game emotionally.

“Unfortunately, finishing fourth does not depend on us. For me, Real Sociedad are the main rivals, but then you have to look at Valencia's history.”

The 32-year-old then commented on his future with the Rosaleda team.

“Malaga is not only a nice place to play, but it's also a great place to live. Every player wants to stay as long as all the conditions are carried out.

“If there is still uncertainty [at boardroom level], then it is difficult.

“I have not made any decisions yet. I think that's best left until the end of the season.

“But I will say that we will have to be competing in Europe, and if not, I may have to say goodbye.”

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